As soon as the lifts stop spinning every spring, we mountain dwellers immediately switch gears and head west to start mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and hiking—before, after, or in between exotic adventures around the world (we see you living your best lives all over Instagram, locals ... and you’re making us jealous).

Just under a four-hour drive from downtown Aspen, Moab is a mecca for the active set during the spring and fall off-seasons. It’s known as Utah’s “adventure capital” and for good reason—endless slickrock trails await any outdoor activity with the Colorado River running through it. From secluded Westworld set-worthy sites to designated areas in Arches* and Canyonlands National Parks to to BLM operated campgrounds everywhere in between—the best home base here is one that's under the stars. So before you plan your next trip, upgrade your gear closet with these tried-and-tested picks for the ultimate camp site.

*Note: Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park is closed through November 30, 2017, for a major construction project.

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